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Savory Chicken and Sweet Potato Hash

Here is a recipe that I wasn’t so sure that I would like but the ingredients were simple and I was short on time so I gave it a whirl. It actually came from the March Issue of the Oxygen Magazine. It is called Savory Chicken and Sweet Potato hash. The prep and cook time are perfect for days when you are short on time. This recipe serves 2 people but easily served my 2 small children as well.

Shrimp Fajitas Clean Eating Style

This week I decided to try something new!  I can tell you that my husband does not like it when I tell him we are trying something new!  There have been many times that I attempted a clean recipe that we took right to the trash and made scrambled eggs instead.  In one of the Tosca Reno cookbooks there is this beautiful stuffed pumpkin recipe that I was dying to try!  I decided that around the holiday was a great time!  Unfortunately they looked pretty but they tasted awful.  Part of that I attribute to the fact that I didn’t cook the pumpkins long enough and they were hard.  But we live and we learn right!!

So this week I found a recipe online that I tweaked to make it my own.  It was shrimp fajitas.  I am a Mexican food lover thru and thru so this made my taste buds twitch just thinking about it!  I had everything in the fridge and freezer so it was a no brainer of a meal.

I have to say hands down this was a winner and I actually thought to myself, when can I eat it again!!

Southwest Turkey Soup

This might be the second easiest recipe that I have found that is clean! I am a huge fan of Mexican food and as we all know it is not low in calories and fat! So I am constantly searching out recipes that will satisfy that fix! Here is a Southwest Turkey Soup recipe I stumbled upon in the Taste of Home Magazine!

I made enough for the rest of the week and pre portioned it out in tupperware containers and now I have quick easy meals for the rest of the week! Planning is key to your success!

Savory Bean and Spinach Soup

Now that the weather is getting colder this is one of my all time favorite soup recipes.  I found this bean and spinach soup in the fitness magazine years ago and I always refer to it on a cold and rainy day!

Healthy Shrimp Risotto

Good morning!  So last night I decided to try a Shrimp Risotto recipe that one of my fellow challengers had made.  I took a quick glance at the recipe and thought oh this is pretty healthy!  I broke one of my cardinal rules and that was pre-planning!  I had shrimp risotto on my weekly meal plan but I hadn’t made it to the store to pick up the ingredients.  So I called my husband to grab them on his way home from work!

The first big mistake was the aborio rice.  It’s white rice and high in starch which helps it to maintain its texture and not turn to mush.  This is what also helps create that creamy sauce that you call risotto.  GRRR, when he came home I just about died!  But I decided to give it a try!  Everything was great up until I had to add in the goat cheese!  4 oz of goat cheese, and when I stirred it in it turned into a creamy sauce!  So I knew right then and there that this was NOT a GOOD CHOICE!  I totally failed to do my homework!

So I enjoyed the dish but spent the entire night figuring out what I could do to make it cleaner and healthier so that we can ALL enjoy a healthy risotto dish minus the influx of calories to cancel out the exercise we just did for the day!

Here is what I found!

You can find Arborio Brown Rice, which is a great substitute!

What is Arborio rice?  It is not wheat it is truly rice.  It is LESS processed that traditional short grain white rice.

“Because it undergoes less milling than ordinary long-grained rice, it retains more of its natural starch content. Cooking releases this starch, giving risotto its creamy consistency. A pound of arborio rice can absorb up to 6 cups of liquid without becoming mushy.”

It is possible to find brown arborio rice, and it is possible to make risotto with regular short grain brown rice. You results may not be quite as good as a good arborio rice, however. There are short grain brown rices out there that can be used to make risotto so I am on it!  I will post my find asap!! As far as the goat cheese goes, if you watch your portion size I feel that it wouldn’t be as bad of a choice!

Whole Wheat Penne Primavera

This is a staple in our household.  When we don’t have a lot of time to prepare dinner this meal is quick and easy!  It includes everything you need in one dish!

Parmesan Chicken

This simple chicken recipe takes little preparation time and is totally satisfying to eat.  I really honestly enjoyed this dinner more than balsamic chicken and that is one of my absolute favorites!  I want to thank one of my challengers Nicole for introducing me to this dinner!  I usually serve it with steamed veggies like green beans or broccoli!!

Zucchini Lasagna

It was a rainy and gross day in Western Pennsylvania and we needed something warm and yummy.  Plus it’s summertime and we have an abundance of fresh veggies from my dads garden.  Zucchini coming out our ears so I needed a way to make them!

When you think of eating zucchini most people think of fried zucchini with marinara sauce.  I decided that I was going to come up with a way to eat zucchini that was healthy and full of flavor.  Plus I want to experiment with great Italian dishes that are clean also.  Everyone loves pasta but it leaves me feeling bloated and actually more hungry afterwards.

So this brings me to my zucchini lasagna recipe!!  I mixed a few recipes that I had found together to come up with one that is gluten free, doesn’t use ricotta cheese and that literally has very low sugar if you buy a sauce that doesn’t have added sugar!!  It just takes some label reading but you can do it!

The whole entire family loved this recipe and we had left overs which I wrote my name all over for lunch today!!

Yes it will be a little bit runny due to the water in the zucchini, sauce and the cottage cheese.  I used a slotted spoon to scoop out the lasagna which allows the liquids to stay in the dish.

It is honestly amazing!  I hope you enjoy it!!! I know we will be having this again for sure!!

Clean Mac n Cheese

Once a week I am committed to trying new clean eating recipes for my kids!  So one thing that has totally been on my mind is Easy MAC!!  I buy those little packets of mac n cheese that you throw in the microwave and are ready to serve in less than 5 minutes.  They are loaded with trans fats and fake food!  So I found a clean eating mac n’cheese recipe that I gave a try today for my little munchkins!

So far it was a hit and I’m really excited to share it with you!  Pretty easy recipe if I must say so myself!